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There are those who cross under the thumb of mafias, who facilitate the journey from start to finish in exchange for a debt of tens of thousands of euros; and those who cross of their own will, but pay traffickers along the way to reach their destinations. Yet the assumption that all female migrants are sex-trafficking victims has resulted in cases where sub-Saharan women were separated from their children at the border. Spanish authorities, who thought she was a victim of sex trafficking, argued that this placed her child in a situation of neglect.
There was no legal basis for the separation — and mother and son were eventually reunited. But only after a long and arduous bureaucratic process, during which the child was left in the care of a refugee centre for minors. Her department works with the Red Cross and other NGOs to provide housing for the thousands of migrants that arrive in the Catalan capital every year.
Between July and October , she says, the city received 3, migrants transferred from refugee centres in the south of Spain — where they had arrived by boat. Their communities are much smaller. Work opportunities for undocumented migrants are scarce — and more so for women.
Many end up getting jobs in domestic work or setting up stands alongside the so-called manteros , sub-Saharan African men selling souvenirs and off-brand merchandise on blankets. A large percentage of women, however, choose to make their money through sex work. Much like during their journey north, female migrants living in Europe often find that it is the fastest and easiest way to make up the debt they accumulated during their crossing.
Rosado Caro says Europe is in need of more safe and legal migration channels for African migrants fleeing poverty and violence. In most cases, a national from an African country needs a visa to set foot on European soil — and often those visas are not granted in the first place.
This leads people to take drastic measures, says Rosado Caro, like risking their lives in the Mediterranean Sea crossings. The moment Good set foot in Malaga, she was taken straight to a hospital. Good was taken to a centre run by the nonprofit Spanish Commission for Refugees. But, at last, God made everything possible. So everything was successful.
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